Lunches on the Road in Ireland

Thursday, September 04, 2014 , , , 2 Comments

Vegetarian Vegan Salads on the Road in Ireland
Vegan Salads at a Tourist Stop in Ireland
Thinking that we may go to Scotland and Ireland only once and wanting to make the most of our time, we decided to join our first ever tour group. We traveled with CIE Tours and would highly recommend them. Having what is essentially a historian for each country and major city we visited was worth it alone. Our tour bus driver was Irish and trained in Irish history so he served as our Irish guide giving history, cultural information and current events along the way. While in Scotland, we had a Scottish guide join our group and while we rode along on our tour bus, he gave us the background on everything we were seeing and experiencing. There were also expert city guides for cities such as Edinburgh and Dublin.

Everything was planned for us. We knew that this would be very helpful, but also could be a bit of a problem because we normally plan our trips ahead of time around great vegan food options. We checked on vegetarian / vegan food options before booking the trip and they said that vegetarian / vegan meals can be arranged if you call the hotels (where most of your meals are eaten) ahead of time.

Lunches were on our own, but what we did not realize ahead of time is that sometimes lunches would be rushed and we would have limited options (as in maybe one place we could get food). In most places we were able to make it work, but sometimes we had to rely exclusively on the food we packed with us that morning or order an incomplete meal and add on to it from our own supplies. We definitely learned some survival strategies because Ireland and Scotland are not always vegan friendly. Check out my Top 10 Tips for Vegan Travel.

One travel stop (or whatever they call them over there) had quite a few options between a small food store and the cafeteria. We were pleasantly surprised to find all of these delicious salads. I am not sure exactly where this place is, but I do believe that it is a regular stop for tour groups and travelers.

Vegetarian Vegan Salads on the Road in Ireland
Sweet potatoes, Potato Salad, Three Bean Salad, Rocket, Beet Salad

The beet salad was delicious - sweet with a bit of tart from the dressing and full of flavor, all around. While ordering, I was not sure if I really wanted so many salads, but I am glad I got to try them all. They were each distinct and flavorful.

Vegetarian Vegan Salads on the Road in Ireland
Beet Salad, Asian Noodle Salad, Cucumber Poppy Seed Salad


  1. Super colorful salads; wow! :D

  2. Both salads look absolutely lovely especially with the beets, miam miam! I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland with my partner one day even though he has been there!